Mr Marlantes provides a rare glimpse into the mind of a Rhodes scholar who has experienced the extremes of war, and whose intellect allows him to share a deeper understanding of humanity and war. I cannot do his vision justice in this brief review, and recommend you give it a listen.
Bronson's performance matches that of the Matterhorn, with its collection of entertaining voices, but here his voice talent shines in the many quotes from ancient foreign books and myths.
Previous reviews noted a wish for more gripping war stories per Mattehorn, but I was pleasantly surprised at the way he explained Matterhorn events as real life horrors for him - which made the book even more meaningful for me.
This is why I love Non-Fiction. I had not heard of Tim Wu, but then I am not in the IT or media business. This was a unique 'documentary' (with a slight slant). He enlightened me on the guiding hands behind the 'gentle' media that molded many of us that are over 40. It is a thorough review of how telephony, radio, hollywood, TV came to be what the they were in the 1900's through benevolent (mostly) monopolistic czars. Tim also connects the dots on some amazing possible historical connections such as Nixon's support of cable TV. He is careful to qualify his connections, but the puzzle provides an eye opening analysis of Government influence in the media industry. I found it extremely interesting because of the lack of exposure I have had to this industry. He also treats us to more more fascinating ideas on the internet and the industry in the 2000's. Marc Vietor was also a pleasure to listen to as he almost sounded like and old AM radio announcer at times. I hope Tim has more up his slieve as I certainly want to hear more.
I was very disappointed by this book. I have never given and do not like giving a book 1 star. I like to read non-fiction, science related books,but this was an unusually frustrating read. The author seemed to struggle between telling the very dry story of scientists fighting over credit for discoveries and the science behind discovering dark energy. I was ready to drop it after the first 4 hrs but kept reading to give it a chance, but it did not improve much. I still do not quite know what dark energy or dark matter is. I did learn about many very bright and driven scientists who you would hear about otherwise. I think it would help if you knew some basics about astronomy, dark energy and dark matter before picking this up. Ray Porter also does not fit this type of book - he tries to dramatize tedious fights between scientists over trivial details and it ends up sounding quite silly at times.
This book obviously resonates with many reviewers, but from the start I could not believe what I was hearing. Granted, I did not read the summaries thoroughly and was expected more scientifically oriented research and approach - not a search for the meaning of life. My interest is not in spiritually based books and I prefer the scientific approach. This author appears to have touched a key 'vibration' in many people searching for spirituality and if you are looking for answers to 'what & how we are deep inside?' - give it a try. Maybe someday, I may. Anyhow, he tends to repeat his main tenets ad nauseum and I got them the first couple of times. The question and answer sessions actually help, but it also portrays the author as God-like - sorry, enlightened guru - with his troubled followers. Hence my kool-aid reference. I agree with others that the audio quality was poor and his german accent had me expecting the Terminator to jump in with " I'll be back". Overall it introduced me to a new perspective so it was not all that bad - I just cannot buy in. If you are looking for answers - give it a read.
George Martin has again tests our memory and patience by adding at least 2 more fronts to the campaign - and countless more people. The new people then require endless character and story development, and while the development is likely necessary for George's ultimate master plan, a little less descriptive prose and action would have suited me better.
My above headline alludes to the fact that George has split the story geographically between Books 4 & 5 and thus some of our favourite characters do not appear until Book 5. I personally do not have interest in the Danayrius story so the absence of her character was a nice break, but am sure others will be disappointed. John Snow and Tyrion are also missing from Book 4.
As noted by others, Role Dotrice's voice work has changed for some characters. This was slightly annoying at first, but I found I became used to it. It appears that years have past since he did Book 3 and I still think he is amazing.
In summary, this is another intriguing chapter in the great George Martin saga which, just when you think the story cannot get more confusing, takes a couple more twists away from that teasing conclusion that we are waiting for. If you are fan - reading this is a no-brainer, just be patient.
The first half of the book documents the boredom of the war in painful detail and makes it difficult to stay with the book. The second half is much better as more incidents and action occurs. Philip's insightful commentary about the limits of man's endurance and the uselessness of the war is quite unique and while the concepts are far from new, he presented them in a unique & honest perspective of someone who lived the experiences.
I was less than impressed with the narration and, while his delivery was good, the tone of L.J. Ganser's voice was not appealling for me. Others may not share my view and I suggest you sample it first. Finally, the frequent, silly, vocal war noises do not help the book and are distracting.
This is a fascinating explanation of the work of Top End Mathematicians and Physicists in understanding our universes and was a huge eye-opener for me. Although it made me feel quite inadequate in being able understand the fantastic concepts, Brian does a Yoeman's job in trying to bring it down to the layperson's understanding. The problem for me was that it just is not that easy to grasp for someone who thought he had had a scientifically oriented mind. Still, the high level concepts are well outlined and inter-related and it is no detraction on the author that these ideas are difficult to convey. My only suggestion would be for someone other that Brian to have narrated the book. You can tell he is passionate about the subject and it may have been easier to listen to, if a professional narrator delivered it.. Overall I feel thankful that someone tried to open my mind to these unbelievable realities.
This audible book had interesting content and seemed to be the result of many hours of dedicated work. Although right from the start, the narrator started to put me to sleep. I never realized the value of the narrator until this book. To add to the challenge, the writer dragged out the stories and seemed to repeat facts throughout the book. Overall, the interesting subject kept me tuned in and I recommend it if you are prepared for a legal brief.
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